Earlier this month, I made a surprise trip to NYC to surprise my best friend when she got engaged! The trip was perfect. I got to spend time with my two besties from college and their husbands, surprise my best friend, see Banks, attend NYFW and a product conference for work! BOOM!
I arrived on Friday but the engagement wasn’t till Sunday so I hung out with some of my besties in the city for the weekend with NO posting on social! Sunday morning I met Kristina and her now fiance Greg under the Brooklyn bridge and snapped pics as they got engaged. We then spent the day celebrating!
This trip happened to fall over NYFW. Attending an NYFW has been a life long dream and we magically made it happen. Evereve hosted a party with 7 jeans on Saturday which I got to attend.
On Monday, one of Kristina’s best friends got us tickets to a show at Spring Studios for NYFW – dreams made!! Oh, and earlier that morning I went to a live Peloton class and our teacher Hannah shouted me out! Like the day could not have been more amazing!
On Tuesday I attended ProductCon NYC. Which is basically a bunch of product-focused “Ted Talks”. If you didn’t know, I am the Director of Product for a SASS company who creates digital experiences for shopping centers. During lunch break, I walked over to Hudson Yards – the largest mixed-use development in the world. Their biggest attraction, besides the first Neiman Marcus in NYC, is this huge statue called The Vessel that you can walk up!
Where we ate in NYC
We ate and drank to our heart’s content, seriously there are sooo many yummy places to eat in NYC and in Brooklyn it was so hard to decide but everything we had was so good!
Chinese Tuxedo – When in NYC you gotta eat all the dumplings. Chinese Tuxedo knocked it out of the park on food and service. I would 100000% recommend eating here. It’s located right in Chinatown in an old Opera House that has a great art deco vibe.
Morandi – Yummy Italian brunch right in the heart of West Village. We sat on the patio and drank bellinis, ate burrata and carbonara with an egg – yum!
Restoration Hardware Rooftop – I don’t know how many times I have lamented that the Restoration Hardware in Denver needs a bar but it turns out the one in the Meatpacking District does! We got wine on the 3rd floor found a couch and chilled. We popped up to the rooftop just to see the views and found a full restaurant and bar with an amazing rooftop. I will be making reservations here next time I’m in town.
Rubirosa – One of my favorite food bloggers Serena eats here with her husband every Sunday. Kristina I both follow so her so eating here was high on the NYC eat bucket list. Rubirosa is known for their vodka sauce pizza and it was heavenly. We went half tie-die half mushroom and we both wish we had just done all tie-die unbelievably good. Right in Little Italy/SoHo so perfect for a shopping break. I have heard dinner lines are long so try going in off-hours.
The Mermaid Bar – Kristina and I met my two girlfriends for happy hour on Monday at the Mermaid Bar in SoHo. Turns out Mondays is all-day happy hour! Music to our oyster loving ears. We had oysters, lobster corn fritters, mini lobster rolls, and mini tacos.
Ichiran – On Tuesday, I attended a conference near Madison Square Gardens. I was ready for more ramen so I searched out the best ramen in the area. Ichiran was exactly what I wanted – a totally solo ramen dining experience. Everyone sits in their own cubby and orders basically the same “House” the house special or build your own ramen. Need extra noodles? Just press the button! Very Japanese experience And the ramen was sooo good.
William Vale Westlight Rooftop – Make a reservation this rooftop in Brooklyn is INSANE!! The views are unparalleled, the tangy margarita was hands down one of the best margs I have ever had. Oh, and the services, we made besties with everyone including those around us – celebrating our bride to be! This is a must on your next trip to NYC.
Flower Shop Bar – We also went to the best bar in NYC on the Lower East Side. The upstairs was a great bar playing the best old school 70s. Downstairs was a total 70’s basement vibe with a pool table and a sunken lounge with a fireplace. We all fell in love with the bar!
The Standard – After Flower Shop we met up with a friend from college at The Standard *the* club/bar at The Standard Hotel in Meatpacking. The rooftop was closed but the views from the bar were ridiculous. We bopped over to the sister bar that has a giant fake horse and a swimming pool in it… only in NYC.